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Japan Panel OKs Intellectual Property Reforms

Law360 (May 27, 2004, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A Japanese government panel has endorsed proposed revisions to a program to expedite the development and protection of intellectual property rights, including geographic indications, according to government officials.

The latest revisions call for the government to conclude treaties with other nations, especially in Asia, to prevent the spread of pirated versions of Japanese intellectual property rights as well as the proliferation of counterfeited brand goods.

Under the revised proposal, the Japanese trademark system would be revamped to protect such regional brand names as Matsusaka beef, according...
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